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Minor Biology, Semester 1

This minor in ‘Biology’ gives you an introduction to all kinds of topics in general biology. You can get acquainted with subjects such as systems biology, evolutionary biology as well as with population biology. More information on a specific course described below, can be found in the online prospectus.

If you come from a relevant Bachelor's programme (see ingangseisen) this minor can replace the mandatory Premaster's. That means that with this minor of 30 ECTS, you will be directly admitted to the Master’s in Biology at Radboud University after having finished your Applied Sciences diploma.

You will follow three courses per quarter: one course on Monday/Tuesday, one course on Wednesday and one course on Thursday/Friday. In the schedule below, you can choose a course of your own preference on the Wednesdays.




• Biological Invasions (NWI-BB088)



• Biologie en Samenleving (NWI-BB011B)*

• Introduction to R programming in biology (NWI-BB095)

• Climate Change: Science & Policy (NWI-GCSE001)



• Systeemecologie (NWI-BB022B)*




• Advanced Population and Evolution Biology (NWI-BB087)



• Debating Science in Society (FC0042B)

• Energy and Sustainability (GCSE002)



• Geographic Information Systems (NWI-MB021B)


*These courses are taught in Dutch. This is the last year, from next year on all courses will be English taught.


Biological Invasions: The course focuses on competences, skills and knowledge that will be required for scientific research on biological invasions and risk analysis of alien species.


Biologie en Samenleving: In deze cursus wordt het maatschappelijk functioneren van biologie gethematiseerd: de rol die biologie in de samenleving speelt; het maatschappelijk veld waarin de biologie opereert en de conflicten, spanningen en ethische vraagstukken die daaruit voortvloeien.


Introduction to R programming in biology: R is a popular and powerful programming language that is indispensable for many fundamental and applied research projects. This course covers the basics of R programming. You will learn how to load, process and visualize data in R and how to automatize these actions to increase the efficiency of your work.


Climate Change: Science & Policy: Addressing climate change is one of the greatest challenges of this day. This requires understanding the science behind human intervention in the climate, the impacts of different temperature increase scenarios and how to adapt to them, as well as how to reduce emissions to mitigate climate change. This course aims to update you on the scientific issues around climate change, as well as on the most important national and international policy developments.


Systeemecologie: Je hebt na afloop inzicht in de structuur en het functioneren van (aquatische) ecosystemen. Centraal hierbij staat het leren nadenken over heersende condities in ecosystemen en hoe soorten daaraan zijn aangepast. Verplicht onderdeel van deze cursus is een excursie naar Terschelling van een week.


Advanced Population and Evolution Biology: This course will build on and deepen previously acquired knowledge about population dynamics and quantitative genetics and the basic processes determining population development.


Debating Science in Society: The purpose of this course is to get acquainted with topics of science in society on the basis of case studies and to gain insight into the interaction between science, politics, media and citizens. (site will be updated to English)


Energy and Sustainability: In this course you will learn about the processes that play a role in the exploitation of our current and future energy sources. You’ll learn to quantitatively compare the (im)possibilities and challenges of these different sources and articulate them. (site will be updated to English)


Geographic Information Systems: GIS is an instrument (often a software package) that is used to study and analyse spatial data. The course focuses on GIS applications in biology and environmental studies. You will learn to think "geographically" and apply GIS software.


See the learning goals of each individual course in the online prospectus for more detailed information.


Third or fourth year's students from the Bachelor's of Applied Sciences Universities. In general all natural sciences course programmes, such as Applied Biology (Toegepaste Biologie), Land and Water Management, Aquatic Ecotechnology, Second degree teacher in Biology, Microbiology, Environmental Sciences.
If you are not sure about your eligibility for this minor please contact us.


For every course there is a first exam and a resit opportunity in the same study year. The first exam is (mostly) scheduled in the last week of the quarter.

See the information in the online prospectus for more details about exams / products of each individual course.


See the literature (mandatory or optional) of each individual course in the online prospectus.


The courses of quarter one are scheduled from September 2nd - November 1st. Courses of the second quarter are scheduled from November 4th - January 31st 2020.

See the schedule of each individual course in the online prospectus for further details.